The Collins Meridian seats on board JetBlue’s latest A220 aircraft are being fitted with Promessa AV performance fabric, supplied by Ultrafabrics and its exclusive aviation agent, Tapis Corp.
The A220-300 cabin has several customised elements, but Mariya Stoyanova, director of product development at JetBlue, says that one of the most noticeable innovations is the added seatback cushioning and headrest padding made from Ultraleather Promessa AV, a soft, animal-free material with a feel similar to leather.
This Japanese-crafted leather alternative is manufactured using Takumi Technology, a proprietary production process which creates a four-layer construction including a microfoam layer. According to Ultrafabrics this structure provides an extra layer of support, acting as a heat dissipation layer to enhance both physical and thermal comfort. The Promessa AV product line also includes an inherent EPA-registered antimicrobial solution, for added protection from micro-organisms.
Being a company based in New York, Ultrafabrics had something in common with JetBlue, which prides itself as being ‘New York’s Official Hometown Airline’. Perry Hodge, VP of transportation at Ultrafabrics, commented, “Throughout these difficult times and seeing New York, in particular, struggle through the pandemic, it’s fantastic to see two strong New York companies launch such a creative and class-leading new passenger experience”.